Plus 1 admissions: Kerala govt discriminating against Malappuram, alleges govt-aided school in SC

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New Delhi: A government-aided school from Kerala alleged that the state government is 'discriminating' against the Malappuram district in ensuring the education of the children.

Moonniyur Higher Secondary School of Parappanangadi in Malappuram made the remarks in the appeal it filed in the Supreme Court against Kerala High Court division bench order dismissing its demand for an additional batch for higher secondary.

Earlier, the HC single bench had accepted its demand, which was later overturned by the division bench.

The school manager, in his plea, stated that the district had 71,628 eligible students in 2020-21 academic year for plus one admissions. It crossed 75,000 this year. Yet, only 65,035 seats are available in Malappuram. Besides, CBSE, ICSE students will also compete for the admissions. This has worsened the situation, the manager said.

The government is citing the overall situation of the state to deny new batches in Malappuram. Though the state may have enough seats compared to the eligible students, that is not the case with the Malappuram district, the manager alleged.

The government, instead of allowing new batches, are increasing the intake in the existing batches. This results in congested classrooms with up to 70 students while other districts have only 50 in a class. These all point at a discrimination in the approach of the state government, he alleged.

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